Global Warming Follies

Fatty’s fault (no offense)

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on May 18, 2008

I sure hope you’re not fat, because it’s making my world warmer. I mean, c’mon people. Don’t you realize that your thickness is causing you to engage in activities that are ruining our planet?

Sounds silly, but that’s what a scientific report said as told to us by our skinny friends at the L.A. Times.

That pesky obesity thing. First it forced Disneyland to increase the sizes of its theme-park costumes, and hospitals to buy larger hoists and beds. Now, in a letter published Friday in the medical journal Lancet, two scientists write that obese people are disproportionately responsible for high food prices and greenhouse gas emissions because they consume 18% more food energy due to their greater body mass — and require increased quantities of fuel to transport themselves and the food they eat. “Promotion of a normal distribution of BMI would reduce the global demand for, and thus the price of, food,” write the authors, Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the evocatively named London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for promotion of healthy habits; Lord knows I need to get me some. But please don’t try to tell me that the incremental consumption by the heavier crowd is making any sort of material difference to the already minuscule effect the rest of us have on our atmosphere.



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  1. Erin said,

    I didn’t know that about the theme park costumes. Those things are like saunas anyway, so you’ll probably drop a few pounds in water weight at some point. Disney is actually doing this to help the environment. Bless their hearts. They truly do care.

  2. elaine said,

    Oh, man….hmmmm…I’m starving!

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